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Sexual attitudes : myths & realities
Bullough, Vern L.
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Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 1995.
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281 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Why the hostility to sex? -- Alternative views of sexual activity -- "Unnatural" sex - Masturbation -- Sex and gender -- Menstruation -- Contraception -- Abortion -- Infertility, impotence, and artificial insemination -- Pornography and obscenity -- Prostitution -- Homosexuality, sex labeling, and stigmatized behavior -- Sex in a changing world.
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Takes the reader on a guided tour through the many assumptions we humans harbour about our own sexuality. This book highlights the ways in which social, moral, and religious attitudes have dramatically changed from being based upon pervasive myths to relying on more science-based realities. It even shows how science helped perpetuate some myths.

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Sex is a topic American adults assume they know everything about. To explain the genesis of the myths and realities of modern sexual customs and ethics, two internationally known University of California sexologists (coeditors of Human Sexuality: An Encyclopedia, Garland, 1994, and many other titles) turn their attention to the historical and cultural backgrounds-from the ancient Greeks and Romans through early and medieval Christian, Islamic, Chinese, and Indian cultural strains. Topics of discussion include prostitutes, pornography, obscenity, masturbation, transexualism, transvestitism, menstruation, abortion, sex labeling, nudity, and more. The discussion of each topic is presented in as unbiased a fashion as possible, although an unintentional Western skew is evident. Based as much in sociology as psychology, each thoroughly researched chapter ends with a three- to four-page bibliography of resources consulted. Larger public libraries may want this book, which is accessible to the informed public library patron; academic libraries should also purchase.-Scott Johnson, Meridian Community Coll. Lib., Miss. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.